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Announcing the Winners of Ayehu’s 1st Annual Hackathon!

From October 6th through October 8th, Ayehu held its first annual Hackathon event. This year’s theme was a timely one – Work from Home Intelligent Automation. The multi-day event drew automation experts from around the world who gathered virtually to develop and deliver creative solutions to IT challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic. 

A panel of expert judges comprised of automation professionals and members of Ayehu’s GitHub community evaluated submissions based on their technical difficulty, originality and usefulness, as well as user experience. Out of the hundreds of global participants, we are pleased to introduce our top winners below.

First Place – Prabhat Kumar (Zensar)

For his submission, Prabhat decided to automate the installation of updates and patches in multiple Windows Servers in different environments (e.g. Test, Dev & Prod), along with generating a report. To do this, he created a workflow to automate specific aspects of a quarterly patching process. 

Prabhat has been with Zensar for several years and routinely uses Ayehu to automate incident remediation. As a result, he based his workflow on a real-life experience he had at customer site. This particular customer had a quarterly patching process that used to take nearly a week to complete – two days each for a test environment, Dev environment, and production environment. Now, this process is fully automated.

“In order to do this, you need an end-to-end solution which integrates with ServiceNow, patching tools and more – and Ayehu is that platform,” Prabhat noted.

Second Place – Amar Alwani and Rajesh Prakash (Cognizant)

Coming in close second was the two-man team from Cognizant – Amar Alwani and Rajesh Prakash. Amar and Rajesh chose to automate a collaboration between multiple teams during an OS Patching Change, performing pre-patch and post-patch activities. This effectively minimized the outage window by more than 50%. 

In their day to day roles at Cognizant, Amar and Rajesh use Ayehu to manage more than 40 different customer accounts. One particular customer from the UK had been experiencing long outage windows during a patch session due to the need to coordinate between multiple remote teams. There was a long list of “pre-patch” and “post-patch” processes and checklists, all of which were manual. To address this, they integrated Ayehu with Microsoft SCCM, which enabled them to run multiple tasks in parallel.

“By doing this we were able to cut down the outage window nearly in half, from 8 hours to around 4 hours,” commented Amar.

To view the winning entries, please visit  

In addition to congratulating our winners, the entire team at Ayehu would like to extend a sincere ‘thank you’ to all those who participated in this exciting event. With so much uncertainty in the world today, we hope it provided the opportunity to have a little much-needed fun. And, of course, we hope to see you all again next year!

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Introducing the 1st Annual Intelligent Automation Hackathon!

The world has evolved rapidly in recent months, and many of us and our customers are now working from home (WFH).  While we’re all looking forward to things returning to normal once again, it will definitely take a while. And for some, it may never be quite the same. 

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is expected that the new normal will increasingly involve remote work arrangements, to minimize impact and prevent potential business disruption while maintaining social distancing recommendations.

With so many employees now getting the green light to work from home, the demand for IT support – for VPN access, remote file permission, and the like – will only continue increase, at a time when fewer IT staff are available on-site to meet this higher demand. The result is likely to be longer wait times for IT support and more technical issues to resolve. Intelligent automation can help address these challenges.

Now is your chance to be part of the solution, have fun, and win prizes at the same time! 

Welcome to our first annual Intelligent Automation Hackathon – focused this year on WFH solutions. Develop workflows and activities to leverage Ayehu’s automation and orchestration platform to make WFH easier, more streamlined, and more efficient. 

The hackathon will take place as an entirely virtual event, during which participants will develop their workflows and activities from their work or home office. There will be two categories and prizes will be awarded to winning entries in each category.

Why participate? Lots of reasons!

  • Get firsthand experience building activities and workflows, and propel your professional career forward
  • Learn more about the free resources Ayehu provides via its Academy and Git Hub Community
  • Receive personal exposure as an automation leader and innovator
  • Give back to the community and help us all get through the COVID-19 pandemic and its long term impact
  • Have fun and win prizes (up to $1,000!)

The event is scheduled to run from October 6 to 8th, and all development work and entry submission must take place during that time period.

Interested? Click here to register while there’s still space available!